By Jill Nagy
After 10 years as an itinerant tattoo artist, Michael Ransom Backus and his co-owner and fiancee, Sharon McCarty, have opened a tattoo studio and art gallery in Ballston Spa.
Ransom Tattoo Gallery is in the former Lincoln Hotel, now a combination apartment and commercial space at 104 Milton Ave.
A Saratoga Springs native, Backus said he has “a decent following” and business has been good.
In addition to tattooing, he creates the artwork that can be found on the walls. Along those lines, he is about to begin a large commission, “the largest watercolor painting I have ever done.” The painting is for the wall of a client’s new home.
He also does India ink drawings on paper, fabric and wood.
Backus said as a tattoo artist, he does mostly larger tattoos, many in a Japanese style. Tattoo art, he explained, began in Asia and was brought to the United States by sailors and seamen who visited Asia. Many of the original designs they brought remain popular.